PEARLS OF SOUTHERN ALBANIA (6 nights) by ADRIATIK TOURS LLC

Closed to outsiders for much of the 20th century, Albania has long been Mediterranean Europe's enigma. Until fairly recently its rumpled mountains, fortress towns and sparkling beaches were merely a rumour on most travel maps. But, with the end of a particularly brutal strain of communism in 1991, Albania tentatively swung open its gates. The first curious tourists to arrive discovered a land where ancient codes of conduct still held sway and where the wind whistled through the shattered remnants of half-forgotten Ancient Greek and Roman sites. Quarter of a century after throwing off the shackles of communism, Albania's stunning mountain scenery, crumbling castles, boisterous capital and dreamy beaches rivalling any in the Mediterranean continue to enchant, but hurry here because as word gets out to what Albania is hiding, the still tiny trickle of tourists threatens to become a flood.

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$2,076

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Duration

5 days

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Airport transfers
    • Tickets: Entrance to the Castles and Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Durres Amphitheatre
    • Entry/Admission - Gjirokaster Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
    • Entry/Admission - BunkArt 2
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Durres Archaeological Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Dajti

  • Day 1: Durres

    Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Rruga Kalase, Durrës, Albania
    The weathered Roman-era Amphitheatre of Durrës was built on the hillside inside the city walls in the early 2nd century AD.In its prime it had the capacity to seat 15,000 to 18,000 spectators, but these days a few inhabited houses occupy the stage, a reminder of its recent rediscovery (in 1966) and excavation. The Byzantine chapel in the amphitheatre has several beautiful mosaics.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Pass By: Durres Castle, Durres Albania
    The Venetian Castle is an extension of the Byzantine Fortress of Durrës. Built in the sixth century, it was considered as one of the most powerful fortresses along the western coast of the Adriatic. Architectonic elements of the structure and historic records show that the fortress was rebuild in the first half of the fifteenth century, when Durrës was ruled by the Republic of Venice.

    Stop At: Durres Archaeological Museum, Rruga Taulantia, Durres Albania
    The bulk of the museum consists of artifacts found in the nearby ancient site of Dyrrhachium and includes an extensive collection from the Ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods Items of major note include Roman funeral steles and stone sarcophagi, an elliptical colourful mosaic measuring 17 by 10 feet, referred to as The Beauty of Durrës, and a collection of miniature busts of Venus, testament to the time when Durrës was a centre of worship of the goddess.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Pass By: Royal Villa of Durres, Rruga Kont Urani, Durres Albania
    Royal Villa of Durrës, also known as Zog's Villa of Durrës (Albanian: Vila mbretërore e Durrësit) was the summer villa of King Zog in Durrës, Albania.

    It was used as the summer palace by the Albanian Royal family during the reign of the Monarchy and still remains a symbol of the Monarchy in the City.

    Pass By: Fatih Mosque, Rruga Xhamia, Durrës, Albania
    The Fatih Mosque is a Cultural Monument of Albania, located in Durrës. It was built in 1502 and named after the Ottoman Turkish Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. Closed by the Communist authorities, it became a cultural monument in 1973.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Adriatik Hotel

    Day 2: Gjirokaster

    Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster Albania
    The castle of Gjirokastra, entitled Cultural Monument of first category in 1948, is situated in the city of Gjirokastra which is part of Worldwide Cultural Heritage UNESCO. The castle is built on a rock that has the shape of a herringbone and prevails the city with its height
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Gjirokaster Mosque, Sheshi Cerciz Topulli, Gjirokaster Albania
    Built in 1757, the Gjirokastër Mosque (Xhamia e Gjirokastrës) is one of the most notable landmarks in the Old Bazaar area of Gjirokastër.

    Pass By: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Old town, Gjirokaster Albania
    Until the mid 20th century Gjirokastra was an important market centre for agricultural products from the region, leather working and woodworking.

    Pass By: The Blue Eye, Vlore 9706 Albania
    In this peaceful forest we will walk to the crystal clear spring called Blue Eye, where 900 m3 water per minute is coming from deep down the earth.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Gjirokastra

    Day 3: Saranda– Three Island of Kasmil – Butrint Archaeological Park – Monastery of Forty Saints – Lëkurësi Castle

    Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
    Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Ksamil Islands, Albania
    Explore three Island of Ksamil are also called “the Ionian pearl” because of its beauty.

    Stop At: Monastery of 40 Saints, 40 Shenjtoreve, Saranda Albania
    The Fourty Saints Monastery (Rrënojat e Manastirit të 40 Shenjtorëve) was built in the 6th Century in dedication to the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste and was thought to be an important pilgrimage site in the region but now remains in ruins following bombings in WWII and years of neglect. It is however, the only monument of its kind still semi-preserved in Albania and the Balkans.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Lekuresi Castle, Saranda Albania
    Perched above the Albanian tourist capital of Saranda is Lekuresi Castle. It was built in the early sixteenth century by Sultan Suleyman when Albania was part of the Ottoman Empire. The castle was built to protect the coastline of Saranda from invasions by sea. A rough, unmade road leads up to the castle which is now a restaurant where you can sip a coffee while appreciating the wonderful views of Corfu and the Ksamil Islands. In the summer the castle is also used as a concert venue.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Saranda

    Day 4: Free Relaxing massage at tour SPA and Wellness “Queen Teuta- Durres

    Pass By: Deluxe Spa & Massage, Rruga Muhamet Gjollesha Muhamet Gjollesha Street, Tirana 1005 Albania
    Take Free Relaxing massage at tour SPA and Wellness “Queen Teuta”

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel

    Day 5: Tirana

    Stop At: Mount Dajti, Rruga Abdyl Frasheri Nr 3 Albania
    Take the cable car to (almost) the top of Dajti Mountain and enjoy the fantastic views. The longest cableway in the Balkans at 4.7 kilometres, the 15 minute scenic journey takes visitors over forest, farms, hilltops and even bunkers!
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Kulla e Sahatit e Tiranës, Tiranë, Albania
    he Clock Tower of Tirana, or Kulla e Sahatit in Albanian, was built in 1822 by Haxhi Et`hem Bey, who also oversaw the construction of the Et'hem Bey Mosque. The tower has a spiral staircase with 90 steps. The structure is 35 meters high, and until 1970 it was the tallest building in Tirana. The clock tower originally had a bell from Venice that marked the time every hour. In 1928 the Municipality of Tirana purchased a new German clock to replace the Venetian one. The clock was destroyed by bombs during World War II and was replaced in 1946 with a Roman numeral clock from a church in Shkoder, Albania. In 1970 the Roman numeral clock was replaced by a Chinese clock. The tower underwent renovation in 1981 and again in 1999. Access to the top of the tower has been available free of charge since 1996.

    Stop At: BunkArt 2, Rruga Abdi Toptani, Tirana Albania
    Bunk'Art 2 contain an Anti-Atomic bunker of Interior Ministry of Communist era that was projected for the governance of Tirana in case of war . The museum contain more information about the Albanian Police of the time but also for the Prisons , Working camps and the victims of communism .
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Et'hem Bej Mosque, AL, Sheshi Skënderbej, Tiranë 1000, Albania
    The Et’hem Bey Mosque is located in the center of the Albanian capital Tirana. Construction was started in 1789 by Molla Bey and it was finished in 1823 by his son Ethem Pasha (Haxhi Ethem Bey), great-grandson of Sulejman Pasha.

    During the totalitarianism of the Socialist People’s Republic of Albania, the mosque was closed. In January 18, 1991, despite opposition from communist authorities, 10,000 people entered carrying flags. This was at the onset of the fall of communism in Albania. The frescoes of the mosque depict trees, waterfalls and bridges; still life paintings are a rarity in Islamic art.

    Pass By: Blloku, Tirana, Albania
    Ish-Blloku (the former Block) known as Blloku is the most famous and expensive area in Tirana. It became very attractive after the fall of communism in Albania because during communism it used to be the area where only the communist elites lived.

    Pass By: Tanners' Bridge, Bulevardi Jean D'Arc, Tirana Albania
    Tabak Bridge (Ura e Tabakëve), also known as Tanners’ Bridge, is a famous stone footbridge dating from the 18th century.

    Pass By: Tanners' Bridge, Bulevardi Jean D'Arc, Tirana Albania
    The Tanners' Bridge (Albanian: Ura e Tabakëve) is an 18th-century Ottoman period stone footbridge located in Tirana, Albania. The bridge was once part of the Shëngjergj Road that linked Tirana with the eastern highlands. The Shëngjergj Road furnished the city with agricultural produce and livestock. The bridge went across the Lanë stream and was adjacent to the area of butchers and leather workers. The Lanë was rerouted in the 1930s and the bridge was neglected. In the 1990s the bridge was restored to its former glory and is now used by pedestrians only.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight At Adriatik Hotel
  • Departure Point :
    Luxury Adriatik Hotel & SPA, Plazh, Rruga Pavaresia, Durrës 2000, Albania
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Let us know for your pick up locationAirports
    • Tirana International Airport, Rruga Regjimentit 33, Nikël Tirana, 1504, Albania
    Ports
    • Port of Durres
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

13

Organised by ADRIATIK TOURS LLC

Activity ID: V-119183P12

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